President Barack Obama is in Mexico today for a day of trade talks with the other North American Free Trade Agreement partner nations. But while the expectations are low for the summit, the stakes remain ever high.
This is the seventh time that the three leaders of the NAFTA nations have gathered for a summit. This time Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is hosting in Toluca with President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper attending.
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Looking to increase trade ties, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Thursday. Castro also updated the president on U.S. immigration reform.
Peña Nieto’s presidential term is only several months old and Castro said he’s looking for ways to improve the flow of trade between the two neighbors. Castro said he was in Mexico City looking to promote San Antonio as a major trade hub for Mexico.
Enrique Peña Nieto, the newly-elected president of Mexico, takes power on Saturday and inherits a nation that is suffering from a long-running conflict against drug traffickers and an economy that is improved but still anemic. On this side of the border, Mexico watchers are hoping Peña Nieto will be the pragmatic problem solver that he promised during his presidential campaign.
Pedro Quintanilla, center, watches his business partner Alejandro Martinez Grey sipping mezcal through a siphon. The mezcalero, or mezcal producer on the right has just just finished distilling the mezcal.
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The agave plant prior to being crushed into a mash which is then fermented and distilled.
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